The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is a community of Catholic men and women who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of Francis of Assisi. Secular Franciscans are members of the Third Order which was founded by St Francis of Assisi 800 years ago. Although we make a public profession, we are not bound by public vows as are religious. As the Order belongs to the spiritual family of the Franciscans, the Holy See has entrusted its pastoral care and spiritual assistance to the priests and brothers of the Franciscan First Order. The Second Order is the Poor Clare Sisters.
Secular Franciscans can be recognized by the Tau Cross they wear as a symbol of union with the crucified Christ. We live the secular aspect of our charism by paying attention to three things:
Members of the Order gather in ecclesiastical communities called fraternities. In one's initial formation, participation in the meetings of the local fraternity is indispensable for initiation into community of prayer and fraternal life.
We are present at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The name of our Fraternity is St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity.
Conditions for admission are:
Parishioners interested in the Order are most welcome to attend fraternity meetings which are held once a month or contact Barb Wallace (250-964-6604).
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM